Monday, September 30, 2013

Snapshot of September

It's the end of another month.  I love September...don't you?  I find the first month of spring one of my favourite months of the year.  The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here on the Gold Coast!  

Here are my collection of daily photos for this month...

Once again there's been lots of crafting going on here but we've also had a few beautiful days out and about too.  We've done some kayaking, trips to the beach, spent a day at Wet 'n' Wild and the soccer season wrapped up too which saw Ayden receive a trophy for Defender of the Year in his team!  So proud of him!

I hope you've had a great September too?

Sheree xx

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pom Pom Garland

It's school holidays here at the moment and it's SO nice to have a break from school runs and to have the kids home.   They love that they can get up and do their own thing each day.  We haven't planned too many outings as Paul is working and as it turns out Ayden isn't well at the we've been keeping ourselves occupied at home.  

We've been giving Madi's room a little makeover over the past few days.  She picked out a pretty new doona cover and we've totally rearranged her room for the first time since she can remember...and she LOVES her new look room! 

Today we decided  to have a little crafty fun and make a pretty pom pom garland to hang on the wall to add a little more colour to the room.

Pom poms are so fun!  I remember making loads of pom poms when I was little.  Dad would cut out two donut shaped pieces of cardboard for me and I'd spend AGES threading yarn through the hole and round and round to make them. Nowadays there are quite a few plastic pom pom makers out there that you can buy but I've found just using your own fingers is a pretty quick and easy way to make pom poms and doesn't cost you anything.  I know I'm not the only one to make pom poms this way but if you haven't and you'd like to have a go I've taken a few step-by-step photos that I hope will help.

You'll need yarn, scissors and a crochet hook comes in handy too.

Simply wind the yarn round and round your fingers until you have a good thickness wrapped around then snip your yarn.

Cut another length of yarn to tie around the middle.  Now with all that yarn wrapped around your fingers it's almost impossible to thread a piece through your fingers so that's where the crochet hook really helps.  Poke the crochet hook through your fingers and pull the length of yarn through like this.

Then pull one end of the yarn up through your fingers leaving the other end on the other side of your hand.  Wrap that length of yarn around the middle of the layers and tie a loose knot.

Slip the whole lot carefully off your hand and tighten the knot around the middle.  You'll need to tie a double knot for extra strength.

Next go ahead and snip through all the loops to make your pom pom nice and fluffy.

Trim around your pom pom to get rid of all those messy  bits and make your pom pom nice and round.  You can see the difference below between the trimmed pom pom on the left and the messy one of the right.  The more you trim the smaller and tighter your pom pom becomes.

Here's our finished pile of trimmed pom poms.

To make the garland simply thread a long length of white yarn through the middle of each pom pom using a yarn needle.  They slide along the yarn which makes easy to adjust the space in between each one when you go to hang it up on the wall.  When you've got the finished garland length just right tie a knot on each end to help keep the first and last pom poms in place.

Then you're ready to go and hang your garland wherever you like!

It's such a fun, easy way to add a bit of colour to any room...and it's great for using up leftover scraps of yarn too!

Madi's already asking to make one out of Christmassy colours to hang up this Christmas.   :)

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!  If you make your own pom pom garland I'd love to see it!

Sheree xx

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jot Magazine Issue 2!!!

Have you seen Issue 2 of Jot Magazine yet?  If not then you're missing out on loads of gorgeous inspiration and papery loveliness!

If you haven't read it yet then grab yourself a cuppa and head on over HERE for a good look!  It's FREE and I guarantee that if you love papercrafting then you're going to enjoy every page!

I've contributed this layout to the Selfies Gallery which you'll find in this issue of Jot.  These are older photos of Madi and I which I found in my phone from back in 2009.  This was before Madi started school so we'd spend quite a bit of time together in the car waiting for the boys to finish school and we'd sometimes snap a few fun selfies to help pass the time. :)

Here are a few close ups...

A little peek at my journaling card that's tucked in behind...

I love these colours all together.  Such a pretty combo!

I used some fun Lawn Fawn 'say cheese' and smiley face stamps under my title.  I think they're so cute!

I LOVE this issue of Jot and can't wait to see what Issue 3 brings! :)

Sheree xx

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New Blythe Hat Design - Minion Helmets!

Did you enjoy the Despicable Me movies? We just saw Despicable Me 2 a couple of weeks ago and we loved it!

We especially loved these little guys...the minions!  I had been thinking about making some minion hats for Blythe for a while but just hadn't gotten around to it but when a customer requested one a couple of weeks ago it was the perfect excuse to finally sit down and work out the designs.

So after a bit of experimenting here are my minions!  

If you've watched Despicable Me 2 you'll know that there are also evil purple minions as well...

I really had fun creating the hair on this little guy! Hehe

I'm already working through orders for these (thank you so much to those of you who've already contacted me!) and I'll get them into the shop as soon as I can.  If you'd like your very own minion helmet you're always welcome to place custom orders through my etsy store if there aren't any currently listed. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sheree xx